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Getting Serious On The Information Battlefield
Articles - October 25, 2016

Today, the power of the United States to communicate with global audiences is being directly challenged by the Islamic State group. Over the past year, political and policy leaders have been amazed at how what was once described by President Barack Obama as a "JV" league terrorist organization could produce a polished magazine and high quality recruiting videos, modify online games and generate a handful of mobile apps, including one targeting children. Moreover, much of this media activity continues to take place, despite recent battlefield setbacks suffered by the group in both Iraq and Syria. 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 31
Bulletins - October 7, 2016

A step forward for religious for religious pluralism in Cairo;
In Afghanistan, a tactical peace...;
...and militant gains;
Technical innovation against terror 

Morocco's Liberal Challengers
Articles - October 5, 2016

Ilyas El Omari is on the offensive. The bespectacled 49-year-old activist who heads Morocco's Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) has spent years honing PAM's political message and worldview. Now, with the Kingdom heading into what is shaping up to be a decisive general election on October 7, Omari senses a political opening. 

Collapse Over Iran's Missiles
Articles - October 4, 2016

The revelation of recent days that, back in January, President Obama agreed that the United Nations should lift its sanctions against two Iranian state banks which financed Iran's ballistic missile development puts the lie to Washington's claims - stubbornly maintained for more than a year - that it was determined to rein in the Islamic Republic's expanding missile program. 

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 169
Bulletins - October 4, 2016

Iran's demographic strategy in Syria;
A casualty of Iran's water woes;
A political reprieve for Rouhani

Egypt's Economy Is In Big Trouble
Articles - September 29, 2016

Three years ago this summer, Egyptians took to the streets en masse to vent their frustration at the government of then president Mohamed Morsi. The source of their discontent was the widespread economic stagnation and ideologically driven policies that came to punctuate Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government. The result was nothing short of a counterrevolution, as Morsi was ousted by the country's powerful military in an almost-coup led by his then minister of defense, Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 29
Bulletins - September 6, 2016

Who killed Muhammad al-Adnani?;
German hunkers down...;
...while Italy banks on culture;
Extremists south of the U.S. border

The Uncomfortable Alliance
Articles - September 6, 2016

Greater cooperation with Russia in the struggle to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) and other extremist elements in the Muslim World is now being urged by a number of prominent Americans. Russia and America both have a problem with Islamists, goes the argument, so we should work together to defeat the common enemy. 

Iran And The New Monroe Doctrine
Articles - September 2, 2016

In Washington, conventional wisdom has long held that Iran's presence south of the U.S. border constitutes little more than an axis of annoyance. In this telling, Iran's activities in Central and South America - from numerous commercial and trade deals with various nations to the establishment of cultural centers throughout the region - are disorganized, opportunistic, and ultimately of little consequence. 

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 168
Bulletins - August 30, 2016

Iran's Iraqi beachhead gets bigger;
A new push into Latin America;
Russian fighters in Iran?
Iran's newest investor

Iran's Ahmadinejad Is Betting On A Comeback
Articles - August 25, 2016

Does anyone remember Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Until recently, the Islamic radical and former military officer who served as Iran's sixth president could be considered something of a political footnote. 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 28
Bulletins - August 15, 2016

Israel braces for the next war;
A leadership change for Boko Haram...;
...and a setback for ABM;
an al-Qaeda/NUSRA split? 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 26
Bulletins - July 29, 2016

Sisi's appeal;
Terrorism and the internet of things;
The Islamic State's shifting strategy;
Jittery in Seoul;
Al-Qaeda reemerges in South Asia;
ISIS targets African youth

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 167
Bulletins - July 29, 2016

Iran still seeks nukes...quietly;
A second act for Ahmadinejad;
Iran shakes up its military;
Some economic breathing room from the FATF;
Iran trains its Afghan legion

Come At The King, You Best Not Miss
Articles - July 19, 2016

Machiavelli counseled, "never do an enemy a small injury." Ralph Waldo Emerson rendered the same thought as, "never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him." The coup plotters in Turkey can ponder these aphorisms from their cells while they await their potentially grisly fates. 

Defense Technology Monitor - No. 6
Bulletins - July 6, 2016

China's answer to U.S. lasers;
European missile defense moves ahead;
Space assets and the fight against ISIS;
Another step forward for Iron Dome;
Railguns becoming a reality;
China takes aim with new missile 

The Sun Force: Life on the Frontlines With the Peshmerga's Female Fighters
Articles - June 30, 2016

Late last year, Captain Khatoon Ali Krdr, 36, the commander of an all-female Kurdish peshmerga unit, visited a family in the village of Kocho in northern Iraqi Kurdistan to see a woman who'd had nearly everything taken away by the Islamic State (ISIS). Like Khatoon, the woman and her surviving family members are Yezidis, an ethno-religious Kurdish minority group. ISIS has long enslaved, tortured, and killed, Yezidi women. Khatoon tried to speak to the woman, but she could not answer. These days, she is mute and can only stare ahead. 

It All Comes Back To Religion
Articles - June 16, 2016

Jihadists are hailing the mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse as an Islamist victory. The Islamic State terror group has claimed credit for the atrocity, saying "a soldier of the Islamic State has carried out the attack." President Barack Obama said that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was "filled with hatred" and that the investigation "will go wherever the facts lead us." They will lead directly to radical Islamism. 

Global Islamism Monitor - No. 24
Bulletins - June 6, 2016

Palestinian terror groups eye drone warfare;
The Kosovo crucible;
Al-Qaeda's new method of economic warfare;
Rising terrorist activity within the United States;
For ISIS, necessity is the mother of invention;
Walling off Jordan

Iran Democracy Monitor - No.165
Bulletins - May 26, 2016

Some advice from the IMF;
Tehran bucks the OPEC trend;
Iran, India tightens ties...; Tehran looks east;
The SCO sizes up the Islamic Republic